Toddlers will enjoy exploring vehicles and animals in this sturdy, cleverly designed volume and its companion.



From the Let's STEP series

A chunky board book with layered, die-cut pages showcases various types of vehicles.

Each page is shaped like a different vehicle, arranged from smallest to largest, so that readers can see the front ends of all the vehicles and their drivers before even opening the volume. Featured vehicles include a motorcycle, taxi, police car, minivan, truck, bus, and firetruck, all brightly colored and driven by grinning, big-eyed animal characters. Each double-page spread includes the sound made by the vehicle and a brief sentence. Though it departs from the pattern in a couple of cases, for the most part the text describes what the vehicle does. For example, “Honk! Honk! The truck brings fruits and vegetables to the market.” While the recto pages depict the vehicles, the verso pages extend the scenes a bit, presenting for instance, in the case of the truck, some market vendors and their wares. Companion title Heads and Tails, also written by Deny but illustrated by Peggy Nille, is very similar, presenting readers with a layered collection of animal faces in profile that are turned one by one to read the story. In both titles, the text comes across as a little stilted and strange, but the engaging illustrations and the smart design of the volumes make up for that.

Toddlers will enjoy exploring vehicles and animals in this sturdy, cleverly designed volume and its companion. (Board book. 6 mos.-2)

Pub Date: April 5, 2016

ISBN: 978-1-0276-0144-8

Page Count: 14

Publisher: Chronicle

Review Posted Online: Feb. 17, 2016

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1, 2016

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This companion piece to the other fairy tales Marcia Brown has interpreted (see Puss In Boots, 1952, p. 548 and others) has the smoothness of a good translation and a unique charm to her feathery light pictures. The pictures have been done in sunset colors and the spreads on each page as they illustrate the story have the cumulative effect of soft cloud banks. Gentle.

Pub Date: June 15, 1954

ISBN: 0684126761

Page Count: 40

Publisher: Scribner

Review Posted Online: Oct. 26, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15, 1954

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The greening of Dr. Seuss, in an ecology fable with an obvious message but a savingly silly style. In the desolate land of the Lifted Lorax, an aged creature called the Once-ler tells a young visitor how he arrived long ago in the then glorious country and began manufacturing anomalous objects called Thneeds from "the bright-colored tufts of the Truffula Trees." Despite protests from the Lorax, a native "who speaks for the trees," he continues to chop down Truffulas until he drives away the Brown Bar-ba-loots who had fed on the Tuffula fruit, the Swomee-Swans who can't sing a note for the smogulous smoke, and the Humming-Fish who had hummed in the pond now glumped up with Gluppity-Glupp. As for the Once-let, "1 went right on biggering, selling more Thneeds./ And I biggered my money, which everyone needs" — until the last Truffula falls. But one seed is left, and the Once-let hands it to his listener, with a message from the Lorax: "UNLESS someone like you/ cares a whole awful lot,/ nothing is going to get better./ It's not." The spontaneous madness of the old Dr. Seuss is absent here, but so is the boredom he often induced (in parents, anyway) with one ridiculous invention after another. And if the Once-let doesn't match the Grinch for sheer irresistible cussedness, he is stealing a lot more than Christmas and his story just might induce a generation of six-year-olds to care a whole lot.

Pub Date: Aug. 12, 1971

ISBN: 0394823370

Page Count: 72

Publisher: Random House

Review Posted Online: Oct. 19, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1, 1971

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